I have been involved in the helping field for almost 15 years, working in several different roles and with various populations. I began working with families with young children and then transitioned to working with teens, adult, couples, and families. Most of my clinical work as a therapist has been focused on working with those who are dealing with adoption concerns, anxiety, body-image issues, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation.
During the past 7 years of my clinical experience and post-graduate study, I have focused on expanding my knowledge and skill-set to help people who have experienced childhood trauma, sexual trauma, relationship trauma, physical trauma, dissociation, and the effects trauma has on their sense of safety, well-being, health, and relationships.
I believe that because this is an ever-evolving field that it is important to keep up with training and education and am passionate about keeping up with the research and discoveries being made within the field. I believe it is important to treat the whole person and not just a symptom, and therefore I am a trained and registered yoga teacher and feel that yoga can be beneficial for a variety of issues.
If that is something you feel you can benefit from, I can incorporate this into your treatment. In my yoga practice, I have found it is beneficial to be mindful of slowing down and being aware of your breath and how that helps slow down your thoughts, your nervous system, and your anxiety or stress.
I am a firm believer that if you are willing to work, you can greatly benefit from therapy. It is important to address your concerns in mindful manner, so that issues are being processed and not just stated and glossed over. I will strive to help you develop a sense of safety and security as I support, encourage, gently challenge, and validate your feelings while creating a place of acceptance.